Parliament in Brazil has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over charges of manipulating government accounts.
The “yes” camp comfortably won the required two-thirds majority in the vote in the lower house in Brasilia.
The motion will now go to the upper house, the Senate, which is expected to suspend Ms Rousseff next month while it carries out a formal trial.
She denies tampering with the accounts to help secure her re-election in 2014.
Her supporters describe the vote as a “coup against democracy” and the ruling Workers’ Party has promised to continue its fight to defend her “in the streets and in the Senate”.
But Ms Rousseff is an unpopular leader in a country facing a severe economic crisis, the BBC’s Wyre Davis reports from Brazil. Monitoring Desk